Trae Young named a ‘realistic’ trade target for Spurs, Lakers

Atlanta Hawks Trae Young

The Hawks find themselves at a crossroads this offseason, but they have options.

Atlanta can move one of Trae Young or Dejounte Murray and build around the other. They own the No. 1 overall pick along with a slew of other tradeable pieces in Bogdan Bogdanovic, Clint Capela, De’Andre Hunter, etc.

In my opinion, this shouldn’t even be a discussion; the Hawks should trade Murray and build around Young. He’s a generational talent that has already experienced more success than other “stars” that are consistently raved about among media members.

At 22 years old, Young scored the most points in a Conference Finals debut, racking up 48 points to go along with seven rebounds and 11 assists against the Bucks a few years ago. He also ranks second to LeBron James, scoring the most points in a series win by a player 22 years old or younger.

However, I can understand why some might prefer to trade Young and build around Murray. The former will fetch more in a trade, and the latter gives the Hawks more size and better defense.

What bothers me the most is the national media’s perception of what Trae Young is worth. Actually, what’s most bothersome is the assumption the Hawks will just take whatever a club offers.

Bleacher Report named Trae Young a realistic trade target for the Spurs and Lakers, despite San Antonio reportedly not being interested and Los Angeles not having enough assets to pry him out of Atlanta.

The Spurs do have enough assets to interest the Hawks, particularly because they own three of Atlanta’s first-round picks. So, I do believe Trae Young could be considered a realistic trade target for San Antonio; however, the same cannot be said for the Lakers.

At best, LA could offer Atlanta two or three role players and a couple of first-round picks. That’s pathetic if you’re the Hawks. If Landry Fields somehow trades Trae Young for a bag of basketballs and first-round picks five years down the line, it’ll mark the beginning of the end for him and this club.

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